Book Review: Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers

3 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2011 Last revised: 27 Sep 2012

Date Written: May 7, 2009

Abstract

The privacy and confidentiality of library patrons concerned many public libraries after September 11, particularly because of the passage and enforcement of the Patriot Act. Theresa Chmara, a litigator who has represented the American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the American Bookseller’s Association, provides concise and useful guidelines for libraries about these and other related issues in Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers. This work is highly recommend for public library directors but should be required professional reading for all library directors. Additionally, library schools, which have an obligation to educate future librarians about the First Amendment concept of privacy in the context of the library, should purchase this book. It also serves as a great edition to a law school’s First Amendment collection for the same reasons as well as to bolster an academic collection that may lack practice oriented sources in this area.

Suggested Citation

Krishnaswami, Julie Graves, Book Review: Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers (May 7, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1654536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1654536

Julie Graves Krishnaswami (Contact Author)

Yale Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
2034327934 (Phone)

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